Before Deadpool proved an R-rated superhero movie could do gangbusters, Warner Bros. was already cooking up a more-adult cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, how is that going to work?
Though the Blu-ray and digital cut will be R-rated, producer Charles Roven told Entertainment Weekly fans should not expect a whole lot of F-bombs or nudity. Instead, he said the extended run-time (which will be made available alongside the PG-13 theatrical cut) essentially features some additional “intensity” that would’ve pushed the original version over the ratings threshold. Basically, the action scenes are more hardcore, though not so much in a bloody way:
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies. The ratings board also judges their PG-13 and R ratings by what they consider to be a level of intensity and how much that intensity goes throughout the entire movie. There are some pretty intense scenes in Batman v Superman, and if they went on longer and had that same level of intensity, that might cause the ratings board to shift their rating.”
But, what about the Easter eggs? Snyder said he left quite a few DC universe tidbits on the cutting room floor, and it sounds like they’ll eventually make it to the screen in the extended version. A mystery character played by Jena Malone will be in the R-rated version, along with several other cameos and what Snyder calls a “giant” Easter egg for the larger universe. Which, if it’s that big, why not just leave it in the theatrical cut?
“There’s a couple, like, Ahman Green, the running back from the Green Bay Packers, he’s in it. And C.T. Fletcher is like this bodybuilder muscle-guru from Compton, this awesome guy. He’s amazing, and he’s in it.And then there’s just a lot of these Easter Eggs in the Director’s Cut that I think are gonna be fun for everyone. There’s one giant one that I won’t tell you about yet that speaks to what’s gonna go on in the greater Justice League universe.”
Batman v Superman hits the big screen March 25, and the mysterious R-rated cut will arrive several months later.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)